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9:55 PM ET, December 1, 2011

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John Paczkowski / AllThingsD:
Apple: We Stopped Supporting Carrier IQ With iOS 5  —  Apple has finally weighed in on the Carrier IQ debacle.  In a statement issued moments ago, the company said while it has used Carrier IQ's network diagnostic software in the past, it recently stopped supporting it and plans to remove …
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Jaikumar Vijayan / Computerworld:
AT&T, Sprint confirm use of Carrier IQ software on handsets  —  Verizon, RIM, Nokia insist their handsets don't support the software  —  Amid what's snowballing into a major privacy controversy, AT&T, Sprint, HTC and Samsung today confirmed that that their mobile phones integrate …
Al Franken:
Sen. Franken Demands Answers from Company Accused of Secretly Logging Location and Private Information of Millions of Smartphone Users  —  “Consumers need to know that their safety and privacy are being protected by the companies they trust with their sensitive information,” said Sen. Franken.
John Paczkowski / AllThingsD:
Carrier IQ Speaks: Our Software Ignores Your Personal Info  —  Carrier IQ, maker of a network diagnostic tool installed on millions of smartphones, has a simple rebuttal to accusations that its software logs keystrokes on the devices on which it is installed:  —  It doesn't.
Andy Greenberg / The Firewall:
Phone ‘Rootkit’ Maker Carrier IQ May Have Violated Wiretap Law In Millions Of Cases
Wikileaks:
The Spyfiles  —  Mass interception of entire populations is not only a reality, it is a secret new industry spanning 25 countries It sounds like something out of Hollywood, but as of today, mass interception systems, built by Western intelligence contractors, including for ‘political opponents’ are a reality.
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Wall Street Journal:
Google Targets Amazon's ‘Prime’ With 1-Day Delivery  —  In a potential strike against Amazon.com Inc., Google Inc. is in talks with major retailers and shippers to create a service that lets consumers shop for goods on the Web and receive orders within a day for a low fee, according to people familiar with the matter.
Thomas / Blog for Choice:
Apple's CEO Responds to a Siri-us Matter  —  More on Siri, the personal-assistant application on Apple's iPhone 4S:  —  Yesterday, Nancy Keenan, president of NARAL Pro-Choice America Foundation, wrote a letter to Apple CEO Tim Cook expressing her concerns that Siri was not giving women accurate answers …
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Jenna Wortham / Bits:
Apple Says Siri's Abortion Answers Are a Glitch
Eric Eldon / TechCrunch:
YouTube's New Homepage Goes Social With Algorithmic Feed, Emphasis On Google+ And Facebook  —  YouTube is launching what the company calls the biggest redesign in its history today, including sweeping changes to its homepage and channel pages.  The goal is better personalized video discovery and viewing …
Jack Purcher / Patently Apple:
Apple Invents Digital Device Handshake using Next-Gen Cameras & Invisible Inks  —  On December 1, 2011, the US Patent & Trademark Office published a patent application from Apple that reveals an all new way of sharing data quickly and securely between two or more devices in consumer, retail and/or enterprise applications.
Eric Slivka / MacRumors:
Apple's Grand Central Terminal Store Opens December 9th, State Probing Lease Deal  —  In line with previous rumors, Apple has officially revealed that its massive new retail store inside Manhattan's Grand Central Terminal will be opening on Friday, December 9th.
Discussion: PC Magazine and SlashGear
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Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
With Facebook At Its Core, Color Will Relaunch As Champion Of The Video Status Update  —  Color is almost ready for round two.  —  The company — which famously raised $41 million and launched last spring only to watch its initial product bomb (which in turn spurred plenty of Schadenfreude) …
Roger Capriotti / The Windows Blog:
IE9 Leading Modern Browser on Windows 7 Worldwide  —  Browser market share numbers are always interesting because they can be interpreted in a variety of ways.  We've said for some time now that the thing we care about most is that the web experiences we all enjoy are getting better every …
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Peter Kafka / AllThingsD:
Twitter Quietly (Finally) Launches Self-Serve Ads  —  It's still just in test mode, and only open to a handful of advertisers.  But those who can use it can now buy ads directly via Twitter, using a credit card and a Web browser, without ever having to talk to a human being.
Mark Brown / Wired:
Crack This Code, and Become a British Spy  —  The GCHQ — Britain's secretive agency of intelligence experts — wants to find new spies.  To make sure it has a candidate who's up to scratch, the agency is inviting hobbyist cryptanalysts to try and break a code online.
Discussion: BBC, The Register and Reuters
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
Google+ Now Lets You Conference People Into Hangouts With Free Voice Calls  —  Hangouts could be the new way to conference call.  Google employee Jarkko Oikarinen has just announced that free voice calls to people in the US and Canada can now be made from within Hangouts with extras.
Tom Warren / WinRumors:
Microsoft's new Windows 8 Resilient File System (ReFS) will be server only  —  Microsoft's new file system for Windows 8 will only be available in server variants of the operating system, WinRumors has learned.  —  The software maker is currently readying a new file system as an offshoot …
ChangeWave Research:
New Owners Survey Shows iPhone 4S More Popular than its Apple Predecessor  —  BETHESDA, MD - A new ChangeWave Research survey of iPhone 4S owners shows customer satisfaction ratings for the latest Apple smart phone are higher than for its predecessor, the iPhone 4.  ChangeWave Research is a division of The 451 Group.
Lauren Goode / AllThingsD:
Vending Machine Operators Tap Google Wallet for Easy Payments  —  There might now be one less reason to kick the office vending machine — consumers will soon be able to pay for their snacks with a smartphone, as well as send real-time complaints about their Snickers stuck in a spiral.
Alex Wilhelm / The Next Web:
The public Windows 8 beta will be released in late February  —  Sources close to Microsoft have informed TNW that the public Windows 8 beta will be released in late February of 2012.  —  The timing of the public beta launch has been the subject of much debate in the technology community.
Discussion: WinRumors and WinBeta
Lauren Goode / AllThingsD:
Complaints Pop Up for Jawbone's UP  —  Like previous Jawbone product launches, its newest slick device, called UP — a digital wristband that tracks your health — hit the market amid high interest and positive reviews.  —  But, just over three weeks after its launch, it seems that some users are down on UP.
Matt McGee / Search Engine Land:
Yahoo Deletes 75,000 Associated Content Articles, Moves Rest To New Yahoo Voices Site  —  Yahoo is cleaning up Associated Content by deleting some of the articles, moving the keepers to Yahoo's domain and giving the site a new name, too.  And next year, Yahoo will begin an online training course …
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Michael Cabanatuan / San Francisco Chronicle:
BART cell phone shutdown rules adopted
Amy Pyett / Reuters:
Australia court extends Samsung Galaxy Tab sales ban
Discussion: CNET News and ZDNet Australia
Paul Bond / Hollywood Reporter:
Netflix Hires Former Skype Executive and FCC Advisor to Head Government Relations
Evelyn M. Rusli / DealBook:
Peter Thiel's Founders Fund Raises $625 Million
Steve Stecklow / Wall Street Journal:
Bill Would Curb Exports of Spyware
Discussion: Electronista and TechEye
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Reuters:
IPhone surpasses celebs, news as most searched on Web
Discussion: Betabeat, MediaFile and PhoneArena
Kara Swisher / AllThingsD:
Wealthfront Finally Launches, Aimed at Silicon Valley's “Richie Rich” Newbies
Discussion: CNET News, GigaOM and TechCrunch
Stacey Higginbotham / GigaOM:
Sprint swoops in with $1.6B deal to save Clearwire
Reuters:
Intel, Total Immersion working on augmented reality chipsets
Discussion: PC Magazine and Gizmodo UK
Bill Howard / ExtremeTech:
Will the other guy run a red light? MIT algorithm figures the odds, tells you to brake
Discussion: PC Magazine, MIT and TechSpot
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